BW / BWL - Second Class 'Wayside' Sitting Car


BW

This group of cars was introduced to service from 1911.

There has been great interest in the origin of the 'W' group letter. In most other cases the letter has been derived from a basic feature or use of the car type. In the 1900's, new express passenger cars were being built to replace ageing equipment from the 1890's and earlier.

At the same time shorter cars of the same design were built. As these cars were for general stopping trains, the author believes the 'W' may represent 'Wayside' or non-express passenger type.

Between 1911 and 1925, cars 1 to 44 were placed into service. These were about 58' long. Cars 1 to 39 were clerestory roof style, with the cars 40 to 44 being arched roof, this style being cheap construction.

In 1926/1927, some 64' cars with semi-ellyptical roofs were placed into service ( see ABW_ for unusual 'in service' history ). The eleven cars were numbered 60 - 70. These cars are 10' ( ten foot ) wide. Most other stock was 9'6".

In 1937/1938 more second class cars were required. Cars 71 - 79 were reclassed from similar _AW_ style cars. These cars were converted back to AW in the late 1950's.

In 1980, BW 71 - 79 entered service again for the second time. They were converted from standard guage 'second division' cars ( VFW_ class ) which had been converted from the AW cars recoded from the same BW numbers in the late 1950's!

In 1981, BW 80 - 82 were converted from ABW 61 - 63.

From 1981 the class were progressively removed from service and scrapped or sold. Bodies of both types can been seen around paddocks in Victoria.

BW 10 and 27 were destroyed in a collision at Seymour, 1935.

BW 30 was scrapped in 1970.

BW 24, 29 was destroyed by fire at Ballarat Car Sheds, 1977.

Some cars have been restored to service for historical and charter trips.

BWL

To better describe passenger cars for seating capacity requirements, cars BW 67 and 70 were relettered to BWL in 1982. The 'L' indicates a larger seating capacity.

Vehicle history list

   Photos   for  'BW  '

FileID Description................................................

   AR680 BW - end of car, wooden circle cover panel, [oPJV]
   DJ590 BW 1 - fresh paint/lift, Bendigo Workshops, 19/8/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ591 BW 1 - Geelong set, Flinders Street Yard, 20/4/1977, [oPJV]
   BD068 BW 1 - s1, Spencer Street, 26/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AV845 BW 2 - s2, Spencer Street, 11/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BC093 BW 6 - body, Newport Workshops, 14/6/1981, [oPJV]
   BC087 BW 6 - body on ground, Newport Workshops, 14/6/1981, [oPJV]
   AW879 BW 7, Flinders Street Yard, 16/9/1967, [oPJV]
   DJ592 BW 7 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 20/4/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ272 BW 8 - detail: divided window closeup, 4/2/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ271 BW 8 - divided window pair/stype, 4/2/1983, [oPJV]
   BD069 BW 8 - s1, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BP175 BW 9 - lettering: NO BRAKE, North Melbourne C&W, 1/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ011 BW 9 - s2, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BP174 BW 9 - s2e1, lettered NO BRAKE, North Melbourne C&W, 1/7/1982, [oPJV]
   DU294 BW 11 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 18/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BD070 BW 12 - s2, Spencer Street, 21/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BK740 BW 16 - s2, on scrap road, Newport Workshops, 29/10/1982, [oPJV]
   CM970 BW 18, Spencer Street, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BQ275 BW 18 - lettering: S in corner, North Melbourne C&W, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BQ274 BW 18 - S in corners, North Melbourne C&W, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ273 BW 18 - s1e1c, S in corners, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BK906 BW 18 - s2e2c, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1982, [oPJV]
   BK907 BW 18 - s2q, end diaphram, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1982, [oPJV]
   BP957 BW 19 - e2p, S in corners, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP958 BW 19 - s1e1, S in corners, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP956 BW 19 - s1e2, S in corners, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BD072 BW 20 - s1, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AA856 BW 20*, 1925, [oMDN]
   AI497 BW 21, Horsham, 25/2/1978, [oPJV]
   BM866 BW 22 - Axle generator, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM866 BW 22 - s2e1, axle gen visible, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM174 BW 23 - part view, Newport Workshops, 2/6/1980, [oPJV]
   BG229 BW 23 - s1e2, 16/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD499 BW 24 - e1p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD500 BW 24 - e1q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD498 BW 24 - s2e1c, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   DB183 BW 26 - body in trees/location/roadside view, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB182 BW 26 - body, near roadside, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB181 BW 26 - part view, body, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB184 BW 26 - part view/right end, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   BD073 BW 28 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BP751 BW 28 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 4/3/1982, [oPJV]
   AV818 BW 32, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BD074 BW 32 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AA356 BW 33 - no lettering, [oPJV]
   AI498 BW 33 - s1e1,no lettering, Wodonga, c1974, [oPJV]
   BD312 BW 34 - s1p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD497 BW 34 - s1q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   DJ274 BW 35 - blurred, on train, s2, North Melbourne, 13/6/1985, [oPJV]
   BM865 BW 35 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ275 BW 36 - s2e1c, Off Reg, scrap road, Newport Workshops, 16/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BD075 BW 39 - s2e1, light fogged, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD076 BW 40 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD077 BW 41, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BG498 BW 41 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   AW565 BW 43, c1927, [oMDN]
   CC255 BW 43 - part view, Flinders Street Yard, 3/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CM971 BW 60, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CC257 BW 61 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 3/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DJ276 BW 61 - stored with sign THIS VEHICLE ... PRESERVED , Newport Workshops, 15/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BY003 BW 61 - with PRESERVE sign, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BP966 BW 62, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   CR069 BW 62 - part view, underframe, [oPHD]
   DJ277 BW 63 - boarded up windows, shunting move, Melbourne Yard, 12/1982, [sPJV]
   AA358 BW 63 - no lettering, [oPJV]
   AA357 BW 64, [oPJV]
   DJ278 BW 64 - s2, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 26/11/1982, [oPJV]
   BG376 BW 65, Bendigo, 23/5/1976, [oPJV]
   BD078 BW 65 - s1e2, Spencer Street, c1977, [oRXO]
   BD079 BW 66 - s1, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AI499 BW 67, Spencer Street, c1974, [oPJV]
   DJ279 BW 67 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 6/1976, [oPJV]
   BH678 BW 68 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD080 BW 69, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BO012 BW 69 - part view, Newport Workshops, 16/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BG912 BW 70 - part view (dx), Tottenham Yard, 1/2/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ110 BW 71 - s1, Flinders Street Yard, 6/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BI342 BW 72 - scrapping, Newport Workshops, 13/5/1983, [oPJV]
   AW426 BW 75 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 8/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO842 BW 78 - s1@e1, bogie, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BO841 BW 78 - s1e1c, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BG221 BW 78 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 14/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD458 BW 79 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 7/1981, [oPJV]
   BF802 BW 80 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 25/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BE464 BW 81, Newport Workshops, 3/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD455 BW 82 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 7/1981, [oPJV]
   BE703 BW 82 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 27/8/1981, [oPJV]
   Diagrams   for  'BW  '

FileID Description................................................

   AR680 BW - end of car, wooden circle cover panel, [oPJV]
   DJ590 BW 1 - fresh paint/lift, Bendigo Workshops, 19/8/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ591 BW 1 - Geelong set, Flinders Street Yard, 20/4/1977, [oPJV]
   BD068 BW 1 - s1, Spencer Street, 26/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AV845 BW 2 - s2, Spencer Street, 11/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BC093 BW 6 - body, Newport Workshops, 14/6/1981, [oPJV]
   BC087 BW 6 - body on ground, Newport Workshops, 14/6/1981, [oPJV]
   AW879 BW 7, Flinders Street Yard, 16/9/1967, [oPJV]
   DJ592 BW 7 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 20/4/1977, [oPJV]
   DJ272 BW 8 - detail: divided window closeup, 4/2/1983, [oPJV]
   DJ271 BW 8 - divided window pair/stype, 4/2/1983, [oPJV]
   BD069 BW 8 - s1, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BP175 BW 9 - lettering: NO BRAKE, North Melbourne C&W, 1/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BJ011 BW 9 - s2, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 18/1/1982, [oPJV]
   BP174 BW 9 - s2e1, lettered NO BRAKE, North Melbourne C&W, 1/7/1982, [oPJV]
   DU294 BW 11 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 18/7/1976, [oPJV]
   BD070 BW 12 - s2, Spencer Street, 21/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BK740 BW 16 - s2, on scrap road, Newport Workshops, 29/10/1982, [oPJV]
   CM970 BW 18, Spencer Street, 1970s, [oBAU]
   BQ275 BW 18 - lettering: S in corner, North Melbourne C&W, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BQ274 BW 18 - S in corners, North Melbourne C&W, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   DJ273 BW 18 - s1e1c, S in corners, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 1/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BK906 BW 18 - s2e2c, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1982, [oPJV]
   BK907 BW 18 - s2q, end diaphram, Newport Workshops, 1/10/1982, [oPJV]
   BP957 BW 19 - e2p, S in corners, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP958 BW 19 - s1e1, S in corners, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BP956 BW 19 - s1e2, S in corners, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   BD072 BW 20 - s1, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AA856 BW 20*, 1925, [oMDN]
   AI497 BW 21, Horsham, 25/2/1978, [oPJV]
   BM866 BW 22 - Axle generator, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM866 BW 22 - s2e1, axle gen visible, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   BM174 BW 23 - part view, Newport Workshops, 2/6/1980, [oPJV]
   BG229 BW 23 - s1e2, 16/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD499 BW 24 - e1p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD500 BW 24 - e1q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD498 BW 24 - s2e1c, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   DB183 BW 26 - body in trees/location/roadside view, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB182 BW 26 - body, near roadside, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB181 BW 26 - part view, body, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   DB184 BW 26 - part view/right end, Hanging Rock, 10/1/2003, [oPJV]
   BD073 BW 28 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BP751 BW 28 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 4/3/1982, [oPJV]
   AV818 BW 32, Spencer St, 1/2/1976, [oPJV]
   BD074 BW 32 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AA356 BW 33 - no lettering, [oPJV]
   AI498 BW 33 - s1e1,no lettering, Wodonga, c1974, [oPJV]
   BD312 BW 34 - s1p, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   BD497 BW 34 - s1q, Wodonga, 12/4/1975, [oPJV]
   DJ274 BW 35 - blurred, on train, s2, North Melbourne, 13/6/1985, [oPJV]
   BM865 BW 35 - s2e2, Spencer Street, 20/1/1976, [oPJV]
   DJ275 BW 36 - s2e1c, Off Reg, scrap road, Newport Workshops, 16/2/1982, [oPJV]
   BD075 BW 39 - s2e1, light fogged, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD076 BW 40 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 4/11/1976, [oRXO]
   BD077 BW 41, Spencer Street, 27/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BG498 BW 41 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 16/10/1975, [oPJV]
   AW565 BW 43, c1927, [oMDN]
   CC255 BW 43 - part view, Flinders Street Yard, 3/4/1979, [oPJV]
   CM971 BW 60, 1970s, [oBAU]
   CC257 BW 61 - s2e2, Flinders Street Yard, 3/4/1979, [oPJV]
   DJ276 BW 61 - stored with sign THIS VEHICLE ... PRESERVED , Newport Workshops, 15/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BY003 BW 61 - with PRESERVE sign, Newport Workshops, 10/10/1980, [oPJV]
   BP966 BW 62, Newport Workshops, 1/4/1982, [oPJV]
   CR069 BW 62 - part view, underframe, [oPHD]
   DJ277 BW 63 - boarded up windows, shunting move, Melbourne Yard, 12/1982, [sPJV]
   AA358 BW 63 - no lettering, [oPJV]
   AA357 BW 64, [oPJV]
   DJ278 BW 64 - s2, North Melbourne C&W Shops, 26/11/1982, [oPJV]
   BG376 BW 65, Bendigo, 23/5/1976, [oPJV]
   BD078 BW 65 - s1e2, Spencer Street, c1977, [oRXO]
   BD079 BW 66 - s1, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   AI499 BW 67, Spencer Street, c1974, [oPJV]
   DJ279 BW 67 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 6/1976, [oPJV]
   BH678 BW 68 - s1e1, Spencer Street, 23/4/1979, [oPJV]
   BD080 BW 69, Spencer Street, 19/10/1976, [oRXO]
   BO012 BW 69 - part view, Newport Workshops, 16/3/1981, [oPJV]
   BG912 BW 70 - part view (dx), Tottenham Yard, 1/2/1981, [oPJV]
   BQ110 BW 71 - s1, Flinders Street Yard, 6/2/1980, [oPJV]
   BI342 BW 72 - scrapping, Newport Workshops, 13/5/1983, [oPJV]
   AW426 BW 75 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 8/1/1981, [oPJV]
   BO842 BW 78 - s1@e1, bogie, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BO841 BW 78 - s1e1c, Ballarat, 18/7/1982, [oPJV]
   BG221 BW 78 - s2e1, Flinders Street Yard, 14/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD458 BW 79 - s1e1, Flinders Street Yard, 7/1981, [oPJV]
   BF802 BW 80 - s2e1, Spencer Street, 25/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BE464 BW 81, Newport Workshops, 3/9/1981, [oPJV]
   BD455 BW 82 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 7/1981, [oPJV]
   BE703 BW 82 - s1e2, Flinders Street Yard, 27/8/1981, [oPJV]
   Photos   for  'BWL  '

FileID Description................................................

   DJ280 BWL 66 - s1e2, blurred, on train/passengers, North Melbourne, 13/6/1985, [oPJV]
   BP078 BWL 68 - s1, North Geelong Yard, 5/9/1982, [oPJV]
   BL314 BWL 68 - s1e2c, Geelong, 12/9/1982, [oPJV]
   No diagrams found for BWL   

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File c328m compiled by Peter J. Vincent, updated 10/10/2007